Job Opening – Martin County Health Department

December 7th, 2011 by mike No comments »

 

The Martin County Health Department is accepting applications for a full-time Senior Support Services Associate I – Clinical.

General Duties include: This position serves under the direction of the Support Services Supervisor. Responsibilities for this position include, but are not limited to; Assemble and maintain complete patient medical records and files. Interview patient to ensure completeness and accuracy of demographic information required for various services and programs. Route/direct patient to appropriate staff person. Collect, record and enter fees obtained from patients into statewide network. Prepare routine letters, labels and other appropriate material. Answer multi-line phone system. Schedule initial and follow-up patient appointments. Review appropriate reporting sheet (Patient Encounter Forms) (PEF) of services provided to ensure completeness and accuracy. Generate and/or issue Woman Infant and Children (WIC) vouchers. Request routine reports available from the PSRS, inventory and order office supplies. Maintain auto-dialer according to agency and patient requirements.

Minimum Education, Training or Experience: High School Diploma or GED and one (1) year of moderately difficult business or public administrative experience in a medical, hospital or administrative office environment using electronic office equipment and professional software.

Substitution for Education, Training or Experience: Additional education (college, vocational school, etc) in business education or a medically related field may substitute for the required experience on a year for year basis.

Starting Salary: $8.40 – $10.28/hr negotiable with additional experience. Grade 9

Applications may be obtained at the Martin County Health Department, 136 Rockcastle Road, Inez, KY or http://chfs.ky.gov/dph/lhdapp.htm

Completed application and transcript must be returned by close of business (4pm) Wednesday December 21, 2011 to the Martin County Health Department.

Resume will not substitute for completed application.

Equal Opportunity Employer

Applicants and employees in this classification may be required to submit to a drug screening test and background check.

Flu Shot Charge Correction

September 7th, 2011 by mike No comments »

Correction to Cost of Flu Shot

September 7 , 2010, Inez, Kentucky – The Martin County Health Department mistakenly quoted the incorrect cost for a flu shot in an earlier release. The cost of a flu shot at the Martin County Health Department during this flu season will be $18.

Flu shots are being offered daily from 8am to 4pm at the Martin County Health Department Clinic at 136 Rockcastle Road, Inez. No appointment is necessary. Flu shots cost $18. Medicaid, Medicare B, Humana (KY state employee only), UMWA Caremark, cash and check are accepted.

Flu Shots Available Wednesday at Health Department

September 2nd, 2011 by mike No comments »

Flu Shots Available Wednesday at Health Department

September 2, 2010, Inez, Kentucky – The Martin County Health Department will begin offering flu shots on Wednesday September 7 at 8 a.m., at the Martin County Health Department Clinic at 136 Rockcastle Road, Inez. No appointment is necessary. Flu shots cost $15. Medicaid, Medicare B, Humana (KY state employee only), UMWA Caremark, cash and check are accepted.

Job Opening For Clinic Nurse

August 24th, 2011 by mike No comments »

JOB OPENING

MARTIN COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT

LOCAL HEALTH NURSE II

The Martin County Health Department is accepting applications for a full-time Local Health Nurse II.

General Duties include: This position serves under the direction of the Nurse Supervisor. Responsibilities for this position include, but are not limited to; Perform work with increasing independence and may assume minimal mentoring of LHN I nurses. Provide nursing care and assessment to the client consistent with the Public Health Practice Reference (PHPR), Nursing Scope and Standards of Practice. Develop and implement a plan of care based upon identified health risks. Document services provided to the client. Stay updated with policies, procedures and licensing laws. Maintain confidentiality and privacy according to guidelines. Understand the team process and apply problem solving strategies to accomplish job tasks. Participate in specialized or program specific clinics. Participate in employee orientation and training. Develop and conduct educational counseling and teaching activities for individual clients and families. May serve as a coordinator of a specific program.

Minimum Education, Training or Experience: Must have RN license in Kentucky or compact state and one (1) year of Registered Nurse (RN) experience.

Substitution for Education, Training or Experience: BSN or Masters Degree in Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Education or Public Health may substitute for one (1) year of experience.

Starting Salary: $14.78 – $18.61/hr negotiable with additional experience. Grade 18

If there are no qualified applicants for the Local Health Nurse II classification, the position may be filled from a Local Health Nurse I register.

Local Health Nurse I- General Duties include: This position serves under the direction of the Nurse Supervisor. Responsibilities for this position include, but are not limited to; Provide basic entry level nursing care and assessments to the client consistent with the Public Health Practice Reference, Nursing Scope and Standards of Practice. Establish policies, procedures and licensing laws. Document services provided to the client according to standards of the PHPR and Administrative Reference (AR). Maintain confidentiality and privacy according to guidelines. Develop and conduct educational counseling and teaching activities for individual clients and families. Utilize basic awareness of community resources and complete required trainings.

Minimum Education, Training or Experience: Must have RN license in Kentucky or compact state or provisional license in Kentucky, meeting all requirements of KRS 314.041 and approval to practice as Registered Nurse Applicant (RNA).

Starting Salary: $14.07 – $17.56/hr negotiable with additional experience. Grade 15

Applications may be obtained at the Martin County Health Department, 136 Rockcastle Road, Inez, KY or http://chfs.ky.gov/dph/lhdapp.htm

Completed application and transcript must be returned by close of business September 9,2011 to Martin County Health Department, 136 Rockcastle Road, P.O. Box 346, Inez, KY 41224 to be given full consideration. Resume will not substitute for completed application.

Applications will be accepted after the closing date for I and II levels however will only be given consideration for future openings as they occur.

Applicants and employees in this classification may be required to submit to a drug screening test and background check.

Equal Opportunity Employer

Celebrate Recovery

August 4th, 2011 by mike No comments »

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Save the Date: 6th Annual Walk Away From Colon Cancer & 5K Run

August 1st, 2011 by mike No comments »

6th Annual Walk Away From Colon Cancer & 5K Run

Better body image helps weight loss

July 27th, 2011 by mike No comments »

London, July 18 (IANS) Improving body image helps in weight loss programs based on diet and exercise.

Obesity is known to increase the risk of diabetes and heart disease and can significantly shorten life expectancy.

Technical University of Lisbon’s Pedro J. Teixeira, who led the research, said: ‘Body image problems are very common amongst overweight and obese people, often leading to comfort eating and more rigid eating patterns, and are obstacles to losing weight.’

‘Our results showed a strong correlation between improvements in body image, especially in reducing anxiety about other peoples’ opinions, and positive changes in eating behaviour.’

Researchers from Technical and Bangor universities (Spain and Britain, respectively) enrolled overweight and obese women on a year-long weight loss programme, reports the International Journal of Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity.

Half the women were given general health information about good nutrition, stress management, and the importance of looking after themselves, according to a Technical University statement.

The other half attended 30 weekly group sessions where issues such as exercise, emotional eating, improving body image and the recognition of, and how to overcome, personal barriers to weight loss and lapses from the diet were discussed.

Women in the second group found that the way they thought about their body improved and that concerns about body shape and size were reduced.

Compared to the first group, they were better able to self-regulate their eating and they lost much more weight, losing ann average seven percent of their starting weight compared to less than two percent for the first group.

–Indo-Asian News service

Heat may mean trouble for patients with diabetes

July 22nd, 2011 by mike No comments »

Heat may have adverse effects in patients with diabetes and those with the disease need to take extra precautions, health professionals warned. Blood glucose levels in patients with diabetes may go down as a result of more energy being used to regulate body temperature, said Southeast Regional Chief Medical Officer Cathy Palmier.

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Dentists can identify undiagnosed diabetes

July 21st, 2011 by mike No comments »

NEW YORK, July 15 (UPI) — Dental visits may offer a way to help identify people with diabetes or pre-diabetes who are unaware of their condition, U.S. researchers say.

Senior author Dr. Ira Lamster, dean of Columbia University College of Dental Medicine, and colleagues recruited approximately 600 people visiting a dental clinic in New York who were age 40 or older if non-Hispanic white, and 30-years-old or older, if Hispanic or non-white, who had never been told they have diabetes or pre-diabetes.

About 530 patients with at least one additional self-reported diabetes risk factor — family history of diabetes, high cholesterol, hypertension or overweight/obesity — received a periodontal examination and a fingerstick, point-of-care hemoglobin A1c test.

To assess and compare the performance of several potential identification protocols, the study participants returned for a fasting plasma glucose test.

The study, published in the Journal of Dental Research, found for the at-risk population among the dental patients, a simple examination of two dental parameters — number of missing teeth and percentage of deep periodontal pockets — was effective in identifying patients with unrecognized diabetes or pre-diabetes.

Source: UPI.COM

Extreme Heat Precautions

July 20th, 2011 by mike No comments »

 

July 20, 2011, Inez, KY — The Martin County Health Department is urging the public to take the following precautions to avoid injury and illness during this period of extreme heat:

  • Drink plenty of fluids. Increase your daily fluid intake regardless of your activity level. You will need to drink more fluids than your thirst level indicates. This is especially true for people age 65 or older who often have a decreased ability to respond to external temperature changes. In addition, avoid drinking beverages containing alcohol because they will actually cause you to lose more fluid.
  • Wear proper clothing and sunscreen. Choose lightweight, light colored, loose fitting clothing. In the hot sun, wear a wide-brimmed hat that will provide shade and keep the head cool. Sunscreen should be SPF 15 or greater and applied 30 minutes before going out into the sun.
  • Stay cool indoors. The best way to stay cool is in an air-conditioned area. If you do not have an air conditioner, consider visiting a mall or public library. Check with local authorities for local cooling stations that may be available in your area.
  • Don’t leave children or pets inside a vehicle. Lock all unattended vehicles so children can’t enter them. Immediately dial 911 if you see an unattended child in a car.
  • Schedule outdoor activities carefully. If you must be out in the heat, plan your activities so that you are outdoors either before noon or in the evening. Rest periodically so your body’s thermostat will have a chance to recover.
  • Use a buddy system. When working in the heat, monitor the condition of your co-workers and have someone do the same for you. Heat-induced illness can cause a person to become confused or lose consciousness.
  • Monitor those at high risk. Those at greatest risk of heat-related illness include infants and children up to 4 years of age, people 65 years of age or older, those who are ill or on certain medications for blood pressure or diuretics, overweight individuals and those who overexert during work or exercise.

Signs of heat-related illnesses include a very high body temperature (above 103°F); red, hot and dry skin (no sweating); rapid, strong pulse; throbbing headache; dizziness; nausea; confusion; muscle cramps; tiredness and unconsciousness. If someone starts to experience these symptoms, seek medical help immediately and move them to a shady spot. If outdoors, begin cooling them using whatever methods are available. Monitor body temperature, and continue cooling efforts until the body temperature drops to 101-102°F.